Top 10 posts of the month, in alphabetical order:
The Amazing, Affordable Adventures of Mama, Bunny, and Pip: How My Son Got A New Liver: Baby's First Portoenterostomy
Cheaper Than Therapy: If this is average, then I'll take it
Chicago Sports Media Watch: Susannah Collins talks Blackhawks, Mr. T, Belushi and more (exclusive)
Dispatches From the Northwest Side: How Coaching Junior Varsity Poms Ruined My Life
Doing The Senior Shuffle: Responding to the Boston Marathon Tragedy: So Glad for the Guard and First Responders
How You Get Hungry: Let me tell you a story.
Love from the Brain: Give Her The Best Gift You Could Ever Give Her. Shut Up and Listen.
Raining Cats and Dogs: Leaving your dog tied up unattended puts him or her at risk
Whatchoo Got To Say?: A high school freshman's credo
Third place: Eye on Chi: Roger Ebert: The Life & Death of a Chicago Journalist
Why: I loved the thoroughness of the post, which was really an obituary. Incorporating video, it took a look at Roger Ebert's life, his work and his passion for movies as seen though Jack's eyes.
Third place: The Amazing, Affordable Adventures of Mama, Bunny, and Pip: How My Son Got A New Liver: Baby's First Portoenterostomy
Why: This is one part of a series that tells the story of Pip's liver transplant. This particular post was a great example of the whole series, it was funny and poignant and the author is a great storyteller.
Third place: Raining Cats and Dogs: Leaving your dog tied up unattended puts him or her at risk
Why: First of all, great presentation. Photos looked great, and weren't placed haphazardly through the post as can happen on some blogs. The post itself is a cautionary tale that not only tells a great story but offers real suggestions on how to address the problem and it's then all tied into National Pet ID Week.
Second place: Cheaper Than Therapy Daily: If this is average, then I'll take it
Why: This is a love letter to a daughter, who is most assuredly not average. For all parents, the post is a beautiful reminder that your children grow up right before your eyes and can become amazing people ... even when they're average.
First place: How You Get Hungry: Let me tell you a story.
Why: The headline is vague, which as ChicagoNow bloggers know I'm usually harping against. Not in this case. The headline, just like the post, have the same haunting tone. You don't quite know where it's heading until the end, and then it just packs a wallop. Wonderfully done.
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